09.30.13

Grand Old Terrorists

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Psychopath & Sociopath, WhiteManistan at 2:48 pm by George Smith


The pure milk of American patriotism, run out of southern California, fortunately.

A couple times a week I stand behind a woman, sometimes with a child or two, using a WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental food program) check at my supermarket.

A government shutdown stops them. And after about a week, unless states take local measures, there’s nothing in the pipeline.

Let’s give lots of thumbs-ups to the Tea Party/GOP for getting WIC moochers as collateral damage in effort to engineer a coup over health care and that guy in the White House they hate with every fiber of their being. Shutdown won’t get the food stamps program — drat, it may have to wait for default in mid-October — but it can still start clawing poor women and children tomorrow.

Faces In the Crowd

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Decline and Fall, Psychopath & Sociopath, WhiteManistan at 2:34 pm by George Smith

Shut down the government! Because Paul Revere, Hector Heathcote and the rest of those old founding guys knew that a life of fifes, drums, tri-corner hats, wooden teeth and typhus, anything, was better than health care for more people.


“What do you mean Hector Heathcote wasn’t a real patriot?!”

Heisenberg’s Swan Song

Posted in Rock 'n' Roll at 2:07 pm by George Smith

“Baby Blue,” an aching pop rock single that went to #14 in the USA in 1972, played in edited form at the close of Breaking Bad last night, was perfect. Right to its poignant rising final guitar flourish, so exquisitely compressed you hear string noise as the show fades to black, it’s a song that put to music loss, regret, and now — meth and death.

Badfinger was a tragedy. Despite singles success with Apple Records (Come and Get It, No Matter What, Day by Day and Baby Blue), the dissolution of the Beatles’ company and the withdrawal of a record from the American market seven weeks after release in 1974 left the band with no income. Despondent, Pete Ham — the voice of “Baby Blue,” committed suicide by hanging the same year.

Another bandmember, bassist Tom Evans, hung himself in 1983.

By tomorrow rock critics at all the on-line magazines will have picked over the song and the band, ruining it if you paid attention.

09.28.13

Really loud folk

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Rock 'n' Roll, WhiteManistan at 11:27 am by George Smith

WhiteManistan Blues Band weekly Saturday anti-corporate fascist 1 percent shopping plutocracy jam deep inna heart of Pasadena. Margaritas, Trader Joe’s select Cava, Sekt or ‘champagne’ — one of these combinations.

Wish you could be here. But you can’t.

Cyberwar. Keith Alexander. China. Al Qaeda, Asymmetric. Oh, really?!


Atomic Reactor amp of the WhiteManistan Blues Band. And it sounds it, too.

Provoke a terrorist today

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Psychopath & Sociopath, WhiteManistan at 11:11 am by George Smith

On Friday. one White House pr man compared the GOP to terrorists. The extremists immediately protested.

Later in the day, a second White House pr man called them extortionists.

Six figure explainer, pundit, and Maddow Show producer Steve Benen layed down the word, or was otherwise quoted in the Washington Post:

“As a rule, regardless of where one falls on the political divide, officials should resist the urge to compare their rivals to terrorists. I don’t care how radicalized congressional Republicans have become — they’re not al Qaeda. Period. Full stop.”

How many people will die or are dieing in slow motion because of the impositions and orders of the extremist party?

The differences between our jihadis and their’s are proximity to victim and choice of tools. How else would you describe a gang that’s pro-nationwide hunger and against healthcare for those who don’t have it?

It’s real easy to lecture on the rules of civil discourse when you’re a six or seven figure explainer. But being blunt and descriptive has appeal.

Provoke a Republican today, poke them in the eye with a linguistic pointed stick, try to make an ugly explosion, it’s what they want.

The extremist party is empowered when called terrorists by mortal enemies, which is everyone not Republican.

Since they’re authoritarian paranoids, it’s vindication. Rules of civil discourse are a club extremists find handy to beat you over the head with while they’re going Ted Nugent. Civil War 2 has been on for awhile, nothing will end it except complete ruin at the polls for one side or the other.

I have a grudging admiration for the filled-with-malice strategy of trying to engineer a coup against the elected President from the bottom even if it won’t work. If, on the odd chance that it does, they’ll have successfully changed the structure and working of the government.

Comparisons

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Made in China at 11:04 am by George Smith

Reuters:

“About 2,000 Chinese employees of an iPhone assembly company fought a pitched battle into the early hours of Monday, forcing the huge electronics plant where they work to be shut down …some employees and people posting messages online accused factory guards of provoking the trouble by beating up workers at the factory …”

The closest Americans got to rioting against Apple products happened in Pasadena last week when homeless men who were bussed in from Skid Row to wait overnight in front of the Apple store got angry with the man who “hired” them for gypping them out of what he owed.

On the other hand, when people peacefully picket Walmart for being shafted and having to go on foodstamps, we can count on seeing pictures like this…

And sometimes you can even count on an armored car, courtesy of Homeland Security block grants for fighting terrorists.


Hat tip to Pine View Farm. God bless America.

09.26.13

And eventually it will come for you

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 2:55 pm by George Smith


Allowed me to steal this comic.

The good thing is now everyone knows how the net works. Everything for those with the most, nothing for anyone else.

And you’ll have noticed how Google, social media, and iTunes solved the vexing twin problems of accelerating poverty and inequality during the last decade.


ABC News headline:

Jeff Bezos Says Washington Post Could Take a Page From Amazon.

Yes, the WaPost could adapt its journalists to the Amazon Mechanical Turk free-lance gig writing model, turning out 5-600 word pieces for 50 cents as human intelligence tasks.

Pay could be changed to average Amazon customer-centric fulfillment warehouse employees, a bit above minimum wage, sometimes implemented through third party local contracting. Expect to become a part-timer.

The Post could lobby the government to waive taxation for 20 years, like the deal Bezos enjoyed with state sales taxation, or barring that, move revenue collection to two profit-shifting/money-laundering fronts in Luxembourg.

The wisdom of Bezos, worth 23 billion dollars: “You have to lean into [the headwind] because complaining isn’t a strategy.”


Jeff Bezos’ world of Internet empowerment — from the archives.

09.25.13

You can’t make satire in America, reality does fine

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 3:33 pm by George Smith

No humorists necessary. In my e-mail this morning:

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“Thank you to you and your team for an incredible Rock Camp at our Soul Media Event down in San Diego. For those journalists who participated, they said it was ‘an experience of a lifetime’. They never want to go on another car maker’s event because ours could not be topped. Your team did a great job bringing them all together and helping them achieve something they never thought they could.”

-Michael Sprague, Executive Vice President, Marketing & Communications for Kia Motors America

“On behalf of the entire team at Kia Motors America, thank you for rocking our world last week in San Diego – the automotive journalists who attended as our special guests had a great time and could not stop talking about their experience the next day as we saw them off for the trip home. From our first call together to talk through a potential partnership to our interaction on-site at the Hard Rock Hotel, the RNRFC team exhibited nothing but a can-do attitude and offered a guarantee that the experience would be a hit, and it most certainly was.”

-Jay Joyer, Executive Vice President for Zeno Group

Our Rock Camp attendees have told us constantly that attending a Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp is not only a life changer, but a real experience to learn lessons to run your organization and rock your business.


Or set the needle down around 4:40.

In Pennsyltucky

Posted in Extremism, WhiteManistan at 2:53 pm by George Smith

So misunderstood, the neo-Confederates.

A study on my old southeastern Pennsylvania home, explanations by the indigenous, excerpted:

“I remember taking a second look and going, ‘Really?’ It was shocking,” said Bryl Villanueva, 35, of Lafayette Hill, who recently saw a rebel flag flying in Conshohocken while on the way to a friend’s house. “Maybe they’re from Alabama.”


“Me, I fly the stars and stripes,” said Dereck Banks, a self-described history buff from Clifton Heights, Delaware County.

But Banks, 55, who is black, can’t miss the Dixie flag plastered across the back window of his neighbor’s pickup truck parked at the curb. It’s also on the front license plate, with the word “Daddy.”

“It offends a lot of people. White folks, too.”


“I’m not prejudiced at all. My granddaughter is half-black,” said Copeland, who flies a flag from his home on busy Route 724 near Phoenixville. “I just love the South. If I could live there, I would.”

Copeland, however, doesn’t seem overly concerned with political correctness, as evidenced by the sign on his door that reads, in part: “Unless you are blind or cannot read this sign, you can bet your ass I am going to stomp the s— out of you if you bother me!”


“If somebody broke into your house and robbed you, and they were wearing New York Giants attire, you wouldn’t assume that there was something evil in the Giants association,” said Gene Hogan, chief of heritage operations for the Sons of Confederate Veterans. “You would say, ‘No, that was an evil person that co-opted those garments.’ Same way with the battle flag.”

“[It] represents all the good things in America,” Hogan said.


The flags were out again the next weekend at a concert headlined by Brad Paisley, and tailgaters were outraged because security was forcing them to be taken down.


“It’s not racist at all,” said Blythe, 35, a carpenter [who has a neighbor who flies the Confederate flag on his truck]. “Everybody loves each other on this block.”

I bet they love each other.

Greece has Golden Dawn, other Euro nations have their radical bigot political parties.

The US has the biggest tribal agglomeration of bigots, the neo-Confederacy, or my old WhiteManistan roots. (“It’s a brand, a symbol of oppression, violence, and … white supremacy,” one sociologist tells the Philly newspaper, in a modern version of telling a reporter how to pour piss from a shoe.)

As the mess gets worse, the country rotting from the inside out in its uniquely American corporate fascism, as animosity is fanned, still more Confederate flags.

And it’s why “Goober Peas,” an old Confederate marching song, is lampooned in WhiteManistan Vacation.

The special PARIAH cover on the matter.


Hat tip to Pine View Farm.

The professional left reviews Inequality for All

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 12:05 pm by George Smith

Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of the Nation, a magazine I once (long ago) subscribed to and now never read, celebrity-slumming in the WaPost:

“Chilling.”

That’s how one reviewer describes the experience of watching Harvey Weinstein’s latest film. Only the movie in question isn’t “Erased,” Weinstein’s pulse-pounding thriller about an ex-CIA agent on the run. Nor is it “Only God Forgives,” in which Ryan Gosling finds himself caught up in a gritty underground world of Thai drug smuggling, prostitution, rape, and murder.

The movie is, in fact, a documentary, but one more disturbing than international criminal conspiracies and more devastating than any “Sharknado.” It’s about income inequality.

So glib, so clever. “More devastating than Sharknado,” one of SyFy Channel’s relentlessly bad Saturday night movies turned into a micro-cultural fad by those who never watch them, something made for less money than vanden Heuvel is paid in a year.


Robert Reich, reviewing his own movie, by way of syndication to the Kansas City Star:

As I emphasize in “Inequality for All” — a new film out this week in which I explain the savage inequalities and insecurities now undermining our economy and democracy — we can make the economy work for us rather than for only a few at the top.


From the San Francisco Weekly:

Last year, Variety named San Francisco-based movie producer Jen Chaiken, along with her L.A.-based 72 Productions partner Sebastian Dungan, among the new “10 Producers to Watch.” This year, therefore, we’ve been watching Chaiken — or her films, anyway, which most recently include a pair of Sundance prizewinners: Jill Soloway’s comedy-drama Afternoon Delight, now playing, and Jake Kornbluth’s documentary Inequality for All, featuring former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich, opening locally on September 27th.

But sometimes watching isn’t enough, so we talked to her too …

[SF Weekly]: American wealth disparity seems like, uh, a difficult subject.

Yes, it can be daunting to an audience, but let me tell you, as filmmakers, it was a hard movie to make, and part of why it was so hard is that we wanted to make it accessible. And so we wanted to take this mammoth topic and distill it so you can understand it, and you can enjoy yourself. After Sundance, somebody said something very pleasing to me: “I laughed a lot. And I cried. In a movie about the economy! I don’t know how you did that.” I said, “You have just made my year.”

[SF Weekly]: Is that the secret of the Reich-Kornbluth combo?

Oh yeah. Humor was a big talking point for us. Bob is very charismatic, and funny. So as the person who’s going to guide you through this issue, he’s great. And Jake doesn’t come from documentaries, he comes from comedies …

Inequality for All was hard for the well-off to make (it includes as one multi-millionaire, Nick Hanauer, who has spent the last couple of years on the lecture circuit of the pro left), so “humor was a big talking point,” because nothing so satisfies as famous names talking about how we the people can fix inequality — with jokes mixed in so it’s not such a downer.

The script about laughing and humor, repeated from the promotional materials, in the Detroit Free Press:

“Oh, I’m much funnier than Al Gore,” says the former Clinton administration secretary of labor [in reference to a comparison with “An Inconvenient Truth”], who brings a sense of humor to the movie as well as a willingness to be personally revealing …

There’s a lot of information to digest. Yet for a movie that dwells often in the land of charts and graphs, director Jacob Kornbluth and Reich were committed to keeping things lively.

“We intended it to be entertaining. We didn’t want it to be in any way dry or didactic. People who have seen the screenings, many of them have told me that they’ve laughed and they’ve cried,” says Reich during a phone interview a day after his appearance with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show.”

“Inequality for All” took home a special jury award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and has been praised by movie critics …

Kickstarter crowd-funding was allegedly used to give us Reich’s movie.

The only way I’ll see it is if someone else buys a ticket when it comes to Pasadena. And then I’ll review it.

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